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Penn State Schuylkill students Marla, Ian, and Alyssa build a wall in their Portugal Habitat for Humanity build site.

An uplifting trip: Habitat for Humanity Portugal

Nine Penn State students from three different campuses — Schuylkill, University Park and Harrisburg — were charged with helping to build the exterior walls for a home of three in the city of Amarante in the northern Portuguese district of Porto, where they discovered, “Te deixas sempre um pouco de ti e lleas also contigo” — "You always leave a bit of you and always take something with you." The students traveled to Portugal as part of a Habitat for Humanity International Global Village Trip to Amarante, Portugal, May 5-14, thanks to a grant from Penn State's Student Engagement Network.
A group of Penn Staters proudly pose in front of their Portugal-based Habitat for Humanity build site.

Penn Staters visit Portugal

A group of Penn Staters proudly pose in front of their Portugal-based Habitat for Humanity build site. Front row, left to right: Jaqueline Beltran, University Park; Raquele Amato, Penn State Schuylkill; Tesi Washington, Penn State Harrisburg; Rogerio, Habitat for Humanity Portugal construction coordinator; Gabriel, partner family - Angela’s son; and Marla Stoner, Penn State Schuylkill. Second row, left to right: Madison Altmyer, University Park; John Sloane, University Park; Ian McGowan, Penn State Schuylkill; Alyssa Hatter, Penn State Schuylkill; Angela, partner family - Gabriel’s mother; Alex Bengel, University Park; Florbela Ferreira, Habitat for Humanity Portugal host coordinator; and Bryan M. Valentine, Penn State Schuylkill staff.

Penn State students stand in front of their Habitat for Humanity build site in Portugal

Penn Staters visit Portugal

A group of Penn Staters proudly pose in front of their Habitat for Humanity build site in Portugal.

Front row, left to right: Jaqueline Beltran, University Park; Raquele Amato, Penn State Schuylkill; Tesi Washington, Penn State Harrisburg; Rogerio, Habitat for Humanity Portugal construction coordinator; Gabriel, partner family - Angela’s son; and Marla Stoner, Penn State Schuylkill.

Second row, left to right: Madison Altmyer, University Park; John Sloane, University Park; Ian McGowan, Penn State Schuylkill; Alyssa Hatter, Penn State Schuylkill; Angela, partner family - Gabriel’s mother; Alex Bengel, University Park; Florbela Ferreira, Habitat for Humanity Portugal host coordinator; and Bryan M. Valentine, Penn State Schuylkill staff.

Marla, Ian, and Alyssa at Habitat for Humanity Portugal build site

An Uplifting Trip: Habitat for Humanity Portugal

“Te deixas sempre um pouco de ti e lleas also contigo”—You always leave a bit of you and always take something with you. Nine Penn State students from three different campuses—Schuylkill, University Park and Harrisburg—will always recall this Portuguese-inspired thought as shared with them by Florbela Ferreira.

A bird enjoys the last few moments of sunshine

A bird enjoys the last few moments of sunshine

A bird suns itself on a power line in the last few moments of daylight.

New Zealand sunset

New Zealand sunset

The sun begins to set on another beautiful New Zealand day.

Butterfly

Butterfly

There is no shortage of beauty (or wildlife) in New Zealand, and Nico even captured an image of this gorgeous little butterfly.

Beaded iguana poses for a photo

Beaded iguana poses for a photo

The beads on this iguana also allow researchers to track it over a period of time.

Tracked bird cleans itself

Tracked bird cleans itself

This bird isn't just stylish. Its little orange and yellow bracelets allow researchers to study the birds over a period of time. 

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